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Anti-Isis hackers claim BBC website attack

A group of hackers working to target Islamic State online have apparently claimed they were behind an attack which took down the BBC's website and iPlayer for several hours earlier this week.

A screenshot of the BBC website during the hacking attack

A group named the New World Hackers said they had carried out the attack on Thursday as a "test" of their abilities, according to messages sent to the corporation's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

"It was only a test, we didn't exactly plan to take it down for multiple hours," said the messages, which were posted on Twitter by Mr Cellan-Jones.

"We realise sometimes what we do is not always the right choice, but without cyber hackers ... who is there to fight off online terrorists?"

The hackers took down the website by overwhelming its servers with a flood of requests for information, the BBC said.

A BBC spokeswoman said the broadcaster would not comment on the claim of responsibility made by the group.


15,500 computers in UK infected with new malware

More than 15,500 computers in the UK are currently infected by a new powerful malware, with many more potentially at risk, the National Crime Agency said.

GOZeuS is thought to be behind fraudulent transfers of hundreds of millions of pounds globally.

"Our message is simple: update your operating system and make this a regular occurrence, update your security software and use it and, think twice before clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails," Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit, said.

Malicious software 'gives hackers access' to data

The National Crime Agency is warning people they have two weeks to save their computers from a powerful malicious software as part of a massive consumer education programme to help clean up infected computers.

NCA is warning people about a malicious software. Credit: REUTERS

"The plan is to attack the parasite hard for two weeks while removing as many viable hosts as possible at the same time so that propagation targets will be limited after the attacks subside," Lamar Bailey, director of security research and development at software company Tripwire, said.

The move comes after the FBI in the US was successful in disrupting a hacking network, making security updates by users particularly effective in the short term.

NCA: Two weeks to save UK computers from hackers

The National Crime Agency is warning people they have two weeks to save their computers from a powerful malicious software attack. The malware called GOZeuS is hiding within attachments in emails and, once downloaded, enables hackers to access computers and scan them for valuable information.

If no data is found, a second malware, known as CryptoLocker, locks the computer, displays a window with a countdown, and demands a ransom to grant access again.

According to the NCA, people are asked to pay 1 Bitcoin (£200 - £300) to regain access to their files.

The NCA is advising people to make sure security software is installed and updated, by running scans and checking that computer operating systems and applications are up to date.


Public urged to 'change every password' amid bug worry

Several technology companies have urged the public to reset their passwords amid fears of a major security problem with a product used to protect people's personal data.

The Heartbleed bug affects OpenSSL, which many companies use to protect sensitive information, including people's password.

A small padlock icon appears on websites using OpenSSL to reassure users, but the loophole in the programme could have left it open to exploitation by hackers.

The log-in page for an online bank shows the OpenSSL padlock icon Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Blogging platform Tumblr posted a public notice about the bug, advising users to "take some time to change your passwords everywhere - especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking".

Finnish security company Codenomicon also said it would be "a good idea" to change potentially vulnerable passwords.

Apple to issue software update to deal with hack

Apple is trying to identify the source of vicious malware attacks on a "limited number" of its Mac systems, a statement from the corporation said.

The corporation is to release new updated software to protect users and its systems.

Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers.

The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers.

We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.

There is no evidence that any data left Apple.

We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.

Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days.

To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found.

– Apple is latest social network to investigate password 'leak'

Last FM posted a security update on its website today. Credit: has become the latest social network to reveal it is investigating the leak of some of its users' passwords.

A message posted on its website today has urged account holders to log in and change password as a precautionary measure.

The music streaming and statistics service had 30 million active users in March 2009.

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